Jonathan to govs: Tackle poverty in your states

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan has charged all state gov­er­nors to utilise re­sources avail­able at their dis­posal to tackle poverty in their re­spec­tive states.

He gave the charge at the State House in Abuja yes­ter­day when the Min­is­ter of the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Bala Mo­hammed, led a del­e­ga­tion to pay him Easter homage.

The pres­i­dent said Nige­ri­ans ought not to ex­pect only the Federal Govern­ment to de­velop the coun­try.

He said it was also not ideal for the gov­er­nors to ex­pect the Federal Govern­ment to pro­vide ev­ery­thing needed to ad­dress poverty in the states.

Jonathan cau­tioned the gov­er­nors to stop trad­ing blames and chal­lenged them to fo­cus on ad­dress­ing poverty in their do­mains.

The pres­i­dent, who noted that the states are semi­au­tonomous, said he does not con­trol state or lo­cal gov­ern­ments’ re­sources.

Ac­cord­ing to him, since gov­er­nors and coun­cil chair­men com­pletely con­trolled re­sources in their ar­eas, if all state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments could work in con­cert, most of the prob­lems would be solved.

Jonathan noted that de­mo­graphic sta­tis­tics in­di­cate that the na­tion has got a huge youth pop­u­la­tion on its hands.

“We have chal­lenges. We have is­sue of un­em­ploy­ment. Not too long ago, there was this ugly de­vel­op­ment at the Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice (failed re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise) be­cause of the level of un­em­ploy­ment and par­tial em­ploy­ment. Some are do­ing jobs that don’t meet their qual­i­fi­ca­tions, they are par­tially em­ployed. So, when you talk of em­ploy­ment in Cus­toms or Im­mi­gra­tion, you’ll see ev­ery­body rush­ing there,” the pres­i­dent said.

“Un­for­tu­nately in Nigeria, when you talk about the is­sues of de­vel­op­ment, people think that it is only the federal govern­ment that can solve the prob­lems. I be­lieve that govern­ment is one even in terms of sep­a­ra­tion of power whether the ex­ec­u­tive arm of govern­ment, the leg­isla­tive arm of govern­ment and the ju­di­cial arm of govern­ment.”

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